Tibetan Terrier

Tibetan Terrier Dog Breed | The Dog Lovers Festival Breed Directory


Due to the geographically isolated location of Tibet, Tibetan Terriers were kept purebred for over 2000 years.

Monks and families referred to the ancient breed as “the little people”, for they were highly valued as companions who were eager to assist in protecting properties and flocks.


Sturdy, medium sized, long haired, generally square outline.

Grooming and Physical Needs

  • Grooming Needs: Daily brushing and maintenance due to the long coat.
  • Coat Type: Double coat. Undercoat fine and woolly. Top coat profuse and fine.
  • Moulting: Little shedding.
  • Exercise Needs: Moderate exercise, but generally doesn’t need a great deal.
  • Average Life Span: 13 – 15 years.


  • Family: Ideal for young and old and for families.
  • Temperament: Very intelligent, happy-go-lucky temperament, but suspicious of strangers.
  • Trainability: Training is relatively easy but owners must be consistent and firm.
  • Sociability (Other Pets): Live happily with other pets provided they are trained and socialised from an early age.
  • Barking: High tendency.


Excels in obedience and flyball.


Can be very flea sensitive.